The package gives the 2018 X3 a more aggressive look and some sporty cues inside.

The 2018 BMW X3 doesn’t arrive at dealers until this fall, and the company’s engineers continue to drive pre-production models near its Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant. New spy shots reveal one of the upcoming crossovers with the optional M Sport package. 

Ticking this box on the order sheet gives buyers the M Aerodynamic body kit. It includes a front fascia with larger intakes, extended side skirts, and a simulated rear diffuser at the back. Dark trim surrounds the windows. Nineteen-inch double-spoke wheels come in the package, and 20-inch parts are an extra upgrade.

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These shots don’t let us see inside, but BMW says that the M Sport package includes a leather steering wheel, M-branded door sill trim, and a SensaTec-upholstered dashboard.

Buyers can also spec an optional M Sport suspension, but it’s standard on the range-topping M40i. The upgrade adds a firmer suspension tune. In addition, the Adaptive M Suspension gives the crossover active dampers.  The M Sport brakes feature blue, four-piston calipers, and the optional M Sport exhaust features a flap for tuning the sound and black chrome tailpipe tips.

The M40i gets a 3.0-litre inline-six engine with 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet through an eight-speed automatic. Further down the range, there’s the xDrive30i with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 248 hp and 258 lb-ft, and it uses the same gearbox. Customers in North America will also be able to get a 2.0-litre diesel with 190 hp and 295 lb-ft.

The new X3 has a 5.5-centimetre longer wheelbase and is 5.3 cm longer overall. Inside, there's now three-zone climate control, a larger available panoramic sunroof, and a bigger, optional head-up display.

Via: BMW Blog

Photos by David J Wright / PalBay SpyShots

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